Instagram is making (we think) a major mistake.
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the social media platform is preparing to allow users to upload videos up to one-hour long.
The social network has reportedly had recent rounds of conversations with content creators and publishers about making long-form video for the platform when the new feature launches. Rumor has it that the focus will be on vertical video—similar to Instagram Stories content. WSJ’s sources stress that the plans are “tentative and subject to change,” however.
Some industry experts point out that the move would be a logical next step for Facebook to compete with YouTube for lucrative video-based ad dollars. It could also be their way of attempting to even the score after YouTube passed Facebook as the most popular social network among American teens.
The plans to explore long-form video content are a continuation of CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s mission to go all-in on video. In 2016, he told BuzzFeed News, “We’re entering this new golden age of video. I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.”
Would you like to watch hour-long videos on Instagram?